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2013 NYO Handbook

2013 NYO Handbook

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We believe in healthy lifestyles for young people reflected in thetraditional contests of Native sports.
 The purpose of the NYO Games Alaska is to promote:
Healthy lifestyles, positive self-esteem, and leadership skills;
Appreciation of Alaska Native traditions;
Good sportsmanship through friendly athletic competition;
Cross cultural understanding The first NYO Games Alaska, held in the winter of 1971, were conceivedand organized by students attending the Boarding Home Program Schoolin Anchorage, Alaska. In the first year of competition, twelve schoolsparticipated with student athletes traveling from Sitka and Nome. Sincethen, the number of athletes and enthusiasm surrounding the games hasincreased as the NYO Games Alaska received state and nationalrecognition.
Our Alaska Native ancestors developed traditional games in order to testand prove these crucial abilities that governed everyday life. Competitionwas created with each other to hone their ability to hunt and fish for dailysurvival in the traditional way of life. The creators of the NYO Gameswanted an opportunity to demonstrate their favorite Native games in thehopes that the people of Alaska would not forget the traditional contestsof their forefathers. This admirable goal is now being realized andwitnessed by more Alaskans than ever before, thanks to the involvementof numerous dedicated volunteers, the attention of the media, and thesuort of NYO Games Alask’s enerous sonsors.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) is proud to host the NYO Games incooperation with communities throughout the state as has been our practicesince 1986. CITC looks forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating therich cultural history of Alaska though Native sports. As host, CITC providesthe following services in production of the NYO Games Alaska: schedulingand renting site venues, fundraising; budget development and management,staff and volunteer services in the planning and production of the Games,work with the Jr.NYO Games Alaska and Sr.NYO Games Alaska, GamesAdvisory Committees; preparation and administration of team and participantregistration, information dissemination to the participating communities andgeneral public, production of the NYO Games Alaska Manuals, andmaintenance of Games records.
The NYO Games Alaska Venues
Statewide Junior NYO Games Alaska.
For students in grades 1-6. Held for 3 days:February 15
, 16
and 17
, at Clark Middle School, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Anchorage Senior NYO Team Tryouts
For students in grades 7-12 or who are currently
in a GED programwith amaximum age of 19-years-old. Held for 2 days: April 6
and April 7
,at Clark Middle School, in Anchorage, AK.When our ancestors had successful hunting or fishing trips theywould return to the village to share how and where they weresuccessful. Survival depended on our ancestors helping eachother. Today, athletes competing in NYO Games carry on thattradition of passing on their knowledge to one another. NativeGames are the only sporting events in the world where athletesfrom different teams help each other to be successful in the gamesand life.
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Statewide Senior NYO Games Alaska.
For students grades 7-12 or who are currently enrolledin a GED program with amaximum age of 19-years-old. Held for 3 days: April 25
, 26
and 27
at theDena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
Competition Categories and Games
 There is a male and female division for each of the game events, with
noweight class
. The traditional Native games in which the participantscompete include the following events:
Statewide Junior NYO Games
1st & 2nd Graders: kneel jump, Eskimo stick pull and seal hopNOTE: see page 13, 14 for seal hop 3rd & 4th Graders: arm pull, two foot high kick and wrist carry5th & 6th Graders: Alaskan high kick, one foot high kick and scissorbroad jump.
Statewide Senior NYO Games
  Toe kick, seal hop, Eskimo stick pull, Indian stick pull, one foot highkick, two foot high kick, wrist carry, Alaskan high kick, kneel jump, andone arm reach.
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals:
Awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placewinners in each event for both the boys and girls.
Individual Trophies:
In SNYO Male and Female SportsmanshipSelections as determined by a vote of the Officials and coaches. Male andFemale outstanding athletes are determined by overall points.
Gloria Walker Team Sportsmanship Award:
Gloria Walker was activelyinvolved in the games for many years as the NYO coordinator, competitor,coach and Official with the NYO Games Alaska/World Eskimo IndianOlympics.Although Mrs. Walker has passed away, her dedication and love of thetraditional games continues to provide inspiration for youth today.Selection of a Sr.NYO team based on outstanding sportsmanship isdetermined by a vote of the Officials and the coaches (one coach per team).
Team Trophies:
Given to the top five Sr.NYO teams, based on thecombined point accumulation of their members. The top five scoringindividuals in each event will acquire points. If a tie occurs between any of the top five ranking athletes in an event, each athlete will be awarded thefull points dictated by the placement. If there are less than five athletes inone event, each athlete will be awarded the placement points only. A teamcannot earn more than ten points per event.
Participant Eligibility
1. Students of all traditions may participate in the NYO GamesAlaska; they need not be of Native descent.2. All athletes must be in good standing at their school/ GEDprogram.
Teams that are not sponsored by their school or districtmust provide proof of enrollment in an accredited 7-12 gradeschool or GED program.
Statewide Junior NYO Games
: 1
through 6
(exceptKindergarten) compete in the statewide Junior NYO Games.
Statewide Senior NYO Games:
students in grades 7-12, or who arecurrently enrolled in a GED programs (max. age 19) compete in thestatewide Senior NYO Games.4. For Sr.NYO
we encourage school districts to enter no more than oneteam. We recognize that large districts may enter more than one team.Also, a tribal council/private school or home schooled students canenter a team.5. All teams must be separately named and wear separate uniforms.6. Junior NYO teams may have
three boys
three girls
compete perevent. Sr.NYO teams may have
one boy
one girl
compete perevent.

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